Wait until you see where Brazilian photographer Joao Castilho put these wild animals.
The project was designed to explore age-old issues about animals and our relationship to them while answering questions like, “Are not we also animals? What brings us closer? What of them exists in us?”
Castilho’s “models” for the shoot were obtained and monitored by non-governmental organizations that had adopted them, typically after a prior mistreatment in captivity or debilitation in the wild.
While Castilho noted that “it is difficult to find animals that are docile enough to keep everyone — men and animals — safe,” the photos turned out amazing.
All of the photos were taken under natural light inside homes. Castilho said, “I wanted to shuffle positions and boundaries that are sometimes too rigid.”
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Castilho also noted that “We say, ‘This is the place of men. That is the place of animals…’ But why is that?”
This photo of a puma lounging on the carpet is the photographer’s favorite. He said, “It is strange to be face to face with an animal that can potentially kill you.”
Compared to shooting (with his camera) domestic animals, Castilho found these wild specimens “more silent and unpredictable.”
For all of the shoots, Castilho attempted to use homes close to where the animal lived.
These pictures are amazing and I totally get Joao Castilho’s concept, but there’s just something about a big snake on a glass table that gives me the creeps.
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All photos via CNN/Joao Castilho